IPNetSentry 1.2 Bans Code Red Traffic -- Sustainable Softworks has updated IPNetSentry, their personal firewall and network security software (see "Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Personal Firewalls" in TidBITS-564 for more information on personal firewalls). New in IPNetSentry 1.2 is a feature that can detect in incoming packets patterns of data found in the Code Red-type worms that have caused such havoc for PCs running Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS). Although the Code Red worm can't infect or otherwise harm Macs, whether or not they're running a Web server, the traffic can impact the responsiveness of your Internet connection and fill up Web server log files. Once IPNetSentry 1.2 detects a Code Red intrusion, it blocks the originating IP address and the lack of a response causes the Code Red-infected machine to stop sending packets. As new Code Red-type worms appear, IPNetSentry users will be able to download new #set/payload_inspection commands from the Sustainable Softworks Web site and insert them in the IPNetSentry configuration file to block unwanted traffic. The IPNetSentry 1.2 update is free to registered users; otherwise IPNetSentry costs $35. It's a 1.3 MB download. [ACE]
Record Online Meetings in Pear Note
While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:
- Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
- Download LineIn and install it.
- Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
- Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
- Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
- Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
- Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.
This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.
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- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Personal Firewalls (22 Jan 01)